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Amnesty: Progress in ending global death penalty

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Iraq executed almost twice as many people last year compared to the year before, while India and Pakistan resumed executions after abandoning the practice for years, global human rights group Amnesty International said April 9.

China still led the top five countries carrying out executions, the organization said, followed by Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Despite setbacks in several countries, the group said it was encouraged by overall signs of progress in the global trend toward ending the death penalty. In the United States, nine states carried out executions in 2012, compared to 13 in the previous year.

"The 2012 figures on the use of the death penalty confirm that the overall trend globally is towards abolition: Only one in 10 countries worldwide carried out death sentences," the report said. (AP)

アムネスティが2012年の死刑執行報告書を発表

国際人権団体アムネスティ・インターナショナルは4月9日、死刑執行に関する報告書を発表。「世界的には処刑撤廃の傾向にある」とした。

The Japan Times ST: April 19, 2013

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